These sweet liveries will adorn the Ford GT race cars at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, marking the factory team’s last outing in motorsport’s blue ribband event.
The GT’s Le Mans career got off to a flying start, winning the GTE Pro class at the first time of asking in 2016, the 50th anniversary year of Ford’s first outright win in the great race. Podium finishes followed in 2017 and 2018.
In total, the GT has won six races in the FIA World Endurance Championship, ten races in the US-based IMSA SportsCar Championship, and the 2018 IMSA Constructor’s title in the GTLM class.
The factory Ford team will run four cars in GTE Pro at Le Mans this year, the last race in the 2018/19 WEC ‘super season’. And, for the first time, a fifth car will be run by customer team Keating Motorsport in the GTE Am class.
The #66 car features a black-and-white livery that pays homage to the GT40 that claimed Ford’s first Le Mans win in 1966, in the hands of Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. It’ll be driven Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson.
The red-and-white #67 car pays tribute to the monstrous GT40 Mk.4 of AJ Foyt and Dan Gurney that triumphed at Le Mans in 1967. It’ll be handled by Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito.
The #68 car is the very one that claimed victory in 2016, and runs in the same livery as it did then. If it wins again, it will emulate the feat achieved by the GT40 that won in 1968 and 1969, which is currently the only chassis – GT40P/1075 – to win Le Mans outright twice. The #68 will be raced by Dirk Muller, Joey Hand and Sebastien Bourdais.
The #69 car wears blue and red, echoing the GT40 that Ken Miles and Denny Hulme drove to second place in 1966, missing out on the win by mere inches. Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook will be behind the wheel.
Finally, the #85 Am-class car of Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, with sponsorship from fuel additive brand Wynn’s. Its livery evokes those run by Wynn’s-sponsored cars during the Seventies and Eighties.
The 2019 edition of the 24 Hours of Mans starts on 15 June.
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By Graham King